Dentist Paola Annoni Patel of Clearwater, Florida is one of the 40 home cooks competing on MasterChef, Season 8. When not in the office, you can find her in her kitchen with her husband Ryan, who she married in June 2014. According to their online wedding book, they met on the second day of orientation week at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Since then they relocated to Washington, D.C. See photo below.
Patel like to incorporate cuisines that reflect a mix of ethnicities in her life: her dad is Puerto Rican, her mom is Dominican, and husband Ryan is half-Indian. The producers of MasterChef were impressed with Patel’s blog, PaoSaysOpenWide.com. MasterChef airs Wednesdays at 8pm on FOX.